People in west Essex are being asked for their views on proposals designed to make best use of the money available to the local NHS, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.
These proposals are being put forward by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) and come as the CCG faces a number of challenges. The number of people who need health service support is increasing and many people are living longer, often with complex conditions.
These proposals are about:
- Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services.
Dr Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex CCG said, “Wherever possible we are looking to make savings that won’t affect the quality of patient care. We are working more closely with our partners in the local health and social care system to avoid duplication and reduce administration costs; laying plans to make more efficient use of technology and buildings and working with those organisations that directly provide services to deliver best value for money.”
The CCG has been working with the two Hertfordshire CCGs – East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valley CCG - as part of a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) . There are 44 STPs covering all of England, where local NHS and social care organisations have drawn up proposals to improve health and care in the areas they serve. These new partnerships will plan services jointly and are built around the needs of the local population across whole areas, not just those of the individual organisations involved.
Dr Christine Moss, Clinical Director of West Essex CCG, said “We are not acting in isolation; the proposals we are seeking views on are also being put forward in Hertfordshire. “While we accept our proposals around changes to IVF and specialist fertility treatments have the potential to make a significant difference to some patients’ lives, we have to be realistic about what we can afford. In view of this, we will aim to get as wide a range of views. We will be holding public events; speaking to people across west Essex; attending community and local health and social care meetings; taking opinion online and communicating with people via social media.”
Details of all these events will be advertised widely on the website - www.westessexccg.nhs.uk
Consultation documents have been produced which give more detailed information on each of the proposals, why we are considering them, and a survey asking you what you think. The survey will close on 14 September. To give your views go to – www.healthierfuture.org.uk/ivf
Note to editors:
- NHS West Essex CCG serves the communities in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford and the surrounding areas, approximately 303,000 people.
- The Board is led by elected GPs, a senior nurse, lay members, senior NHS managers and a secondary care consultant. Public Health and Social Services are also represented.
- It is responsible for an annual budget of over £380m
- It plans and buys healthcare through:
- assessing local needs
- listening to patients and public
- working in partnership
- designing services and agreeing contracts
- WECCG manages quality and performance
- Contact the West Essex CCG communications team on 01992 566140 ext 1413. Out of Hours 07855 126914 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org